The commission investigating the attack on January 6 opens a historical series of hearings. About two hours yesterday, the panel offered new information on what he characterized as a coup attempt orchestrated by Donald Trump which culminated in the deadly assault on the Capitol. The Committee he reportedly wants Twitter’s internal Slack messages on how he moderated tweets about the Capitol uprising, sources tell Rolling Stone.
Facebook rethinks its deals with newspapers. Meta is reconsidering its commitment to pay for the news, The Wall Street Journal reports it, in a move that would cause some news organizations to face a significant decrease in revenue. Facebook reportedly pays an average annual fee of over $ 15 million to the Washington Post, just over $ 20 million to the New York Times, and more than $ 10 million to the Journal.
The Washington Post fires Felicia Sonmez. Sonmez, a national political journalist who has been at the center of a debate on the Post’s social media policies, was fired by email yesterday afternoon “for misconduct that includes insubordination, defamation of your colleagues online, and violation of The Post standards of collegiality and inclusiveness in the workplace.” She sued the paper last year for discrimination, but the case was closed in March
Disruption to Disney
The Walt Disney Company abruptly fired Peter Rice, its oldest television content executive, citing a bad fit with Disney’s corporate culture, The Times’s. Brooks Barnes and John Koblin report it.
Rice’s ouster happened like a sound boom in Hollywood, where it is widely admired. Many people in show business (outside of Disney, at least) had seen Rice as a possible candidate to succeed Bob Chapek, the CEO of Disney whose contract expires in a few months. Chapek’s decision is sure to generate questions about whether the chatter has gotten a little too loud, with Disney becoming a political punching bagin particular for gov. Ron De Santis of Floridaand Disney’s share price plummeting amid industry concerns about the profitability of streaming services.